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Photos: 2006 Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Corn Feed
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

UPDATE: This was the last Jeep Bowl at that location.

On August 26th, 2006 I rode a long with Fatboy in his TJ to the Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl. We got the there early to get our poker run card so we could be out front not to eat so much dust.

We got our poker run cards and headed up to the Ahtanum. We turned off the pavement at Nasty Creek Corrals and followed the signs. The first check point was on Cowiche Ridge at the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We drew cards and headed up to the Strobach Mountain Vista were we stopped for a look down at Rimrock. Next we follows 4W613 to Jackass Road where there was another check point. On down Jackass road we stopped and looked toward Dome Peak at all the rigs on 4W613. To stay out of the dust we pulled out before the herd of Jeep got to us. We made our way back to the Jeep Bowl to watch the 4×4 action.

This was a fun day.

Here are some photos of the 2006 Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl:

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Strobach Mountain Vista overlooking Rimrock Lake.

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Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

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Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

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Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

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Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl

Yakima Ridgerunners Jeep Bowl


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Photos: Divide Ridge 4×4 Run Adventure

Divide Ridge 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

UPDATE: Some of the 4×4 trails in this report are now close to the public. Know before you go.

On Saturday August 12th, 2006 we met up at Ahtanum Meadows for some 4×4 fun at the Ahtanum. We convoyed to the Ahtanum Sno-Park and aired down and then headed up to Red Saddle with 5 XJs (driven by Test Dummy, Tiny, Roll-over, Flippy, and I Ceg) and 1 Scout (driven by Yeti). At Red Saddle we took the Sedge Ridge 4X4 Trail. We had a some problems climbing Rocky Climb due to how deep the powder dirt was. Once everyone got to the top of Rocky Climb, we moved on. We stopped at the Cultus Hole Cross and fix an axle seal leak on my XJ. A little tape for a trail fix and we were off again. We ran the trail around Cultus Hole and up to Darland Mountain. From Darland we headed up to Blue Lake to camp.

We got to Blue Lake and on the way something happen to one of the XJs. The boys headed down to the valley for parts. Yeti, Flippy, & I (Ceg) decided since it was still early, we would go check out 4W615 going toward Darland. Starting off 4W615 wasn’t to bad of a trail. Great views. Farther around Darland Mountain we got, more the trail became off camber. We stopped at Narrow Neck Gap. Yeti walked up to see how bad the trail was. It was real off camber with not much to stop your rig from falling 100s of feet down into Rimrock. We decide not to try it.

We dropped over the ridge and ran Coyote Creek around Darland Mountain and then turn up Hairpin 4×4 Trail. Hairpin Trail became very steep and had deep powder dirt. About half way up the long climb, Flippy’s XJ had carburetor problems. Yeti tried to pull Flippy’s XJ with his Scout to get the rig up, but the powder was to deep for traction. It was getting late and we knew the boys would be back at Blue Lake worried about the old guys, so we left Flippy’s XJ on the side of Darland Mountain and headed to Blue Lake.

Once back at Blue Lake, a few of us decided to go find someone with a bigger rig to help pull Flippy’s Rig out. Since North Fork Ahtanum was closed for a new bridge, we had to wheel up to Blue Slide and take Jackass Road down. Near the bottom we ran into IORE. He said he would come up to Blue Lake in the morning and get us to go pull Flippy’s rig up the mountain.

Sunday morning IORE showed up at Blue Lake and we all convoyed over to the Hairpin Trail on Darland Mountain. We left most of the rigs up in the trees. We only took my rig with Flippy and some of the boys, IORE’s full size Chevy and Yeti’s Scout. I drove down to Flippy’s XJ, IORE stopped at a tree to tie off to, and stayed at the top of the long climb. IORE started winching Flippy up the mountain. IORE had to move up the mountain a few times and had to tie off on Yeti’s Scout when he ran out of trees. I moved my XJ up the mountain as IORE moved up. On one of my moves, I blew up my XJ’s Dana 35. Now IORE had two XJ’s to winch up Darland Mountain. IORE had to which his own rig up the mountain too because of the powder dirt. Once at the top of the long climb, the trail turned to run along the side of the mountain climbing small sections at a time. Both XJ were able to drive parts of that section but had to be pull by IORE’s Chevy at everything that was steep. We worked into the night. IORE had to go home so we left both XJs on the side of Darland Mountain over night.

Monday Evening after work, Waycrazy & PullUOut came up to help with there rigs. I drove my 2 wheel drive pickup up to the trail head. We worked on getting both XJs up the mountain using Waycrazy’s CJ5’s Warn 8274 winch. We got my XJ up to the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road where my tow rig was. It got late and we had to leave Flippy’s XJ. Flippy said he would not be able to come back until the end of the week because of work.

Friday August 18, 2006 Waycrazy was nice enough to come help again. We met on the Mid Fork Ahtanum across from McLain Canyon Road. I rode up with Waycrazy to Darland Mountain. We winched Flippy’s XJ up the Hairpin Trail toward the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road on Darland Mountain. Flippy was able to drive out after topping the last steep section. He had to give a run at a few places because of the deep powder dirt. Once we got onto the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road we checked over Flippy’s XJ and headed home.

Here are some photos of the Divide Ridge 4×4 Run Adventure:

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Photos: French Canyon Jeep Run

French Canyon Jeep Run
Hosted by Wade Kabrich
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & Wade Kabrich / Eastern Washington Off Road

August 8th, 2006 we did a Jeep run up French Canyon. Waycrazy and I (Ceg) headed out from Waycrazy’s house in Tieton to French Canyon. It was just down the road from his place. The trail started right after the Reservoir. We had to open and closes a few gates a long the way. We had to cross the dry creek a few times. The first place we found water, we stopped so Waycrazy’s dog could get a drink.

Farther on up, the trail ran a dry creek for a little ways. The trail climbed out of the creek and started climbing. We found a Y and took the took the high trail which put us on top of the ridges with a lot less trees.

Up on top the views were great. AS we climbed we could see the towns of Tieton and Cowiche, Jump Off and Pine Mountain Lookouts, Sedge Ridge, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Bethel Ridge, Manastash Ridge and many other land marks.

On up the trail we stopped before turning off onto FS1302-641 to look down at US12 and the Tieton River.

We turned down FS1302-641 and ran it down to Hatton Road. We came up on an old cabin and stopped to look at it. My wife always wanted a cabin. 🙂

It was a long drive down Hatton Road. There were not many trees.

This was a fun trip. Thank you Wade Kabrich (aka Waycrazy) for hosting it!

Here are some photos of the French Canyon Jeep Run:

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French Canyon


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Photos: EWOR Kids Day Adventure

Kids Day Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On August 5th, 2006 the Eastern Washington Off Road Kids Day Adventure started at Ahtanum Valley School in Wiley City to watched the West Valley Parade. It was a nice small parade with a lot of community pride.

After the parade we went over to the Wiley City Rodeo Grounds to see the fair animals. The kids had a lot of fun looking at the livestock. Fatboy met us there with his TJ and then we headed to the Ahtanum for some mountain fun.

At Nasty Creek Corrals we air down then headed up Doe Pocket. There were a few small climbs.

We heard PullUout on the CB so we stopped for him to catch up with his full size Chevy. Up on Foundation Ridge, we turn up Jackass Road and headed toward Blue Slide Lookout. We dropped down 4W615 to Blue Lake. We stopped at Blue Lake for lunch and to let the kids play.

The kids having fun in Blue Lake.

After the kids were finish having fun at Blue Lake, we when on down 4W615, hit the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail and then headed up the the North Fork Ahtanum Road stopping on top of Darland Mountain.

After a short break we headed down the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and down the South Fork Ahtanum Road. At the pavement we aired up and headed for home.

This was a great easy run with a lot of fun. Thank you to all that came out.

Here are some photos of the Kids Day Adventure:

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